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Is China the next Napa?

Is China the next Napa?

Welcome to Chateau Changjiu Global Beijing!This is spot for a spectacular wine tasting experience in China’s capital that is becoming all the rage. Completed in 2009, Chateau Changiju  (sometimes spelled Changyu) is like a Disneyland Burgundy-style and showcases all things wine, including a working vineyard. Located just outside the city, this faux French estate is [...]

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Two Little Words: “Contains Sulfites”

Two Little Words: “Contains Sulfites”

Have you ever noticed the statement “Contains Sulfites” on wine labels? These two words often cause so much confusion and misunderstanding. So, what’s the deal with sulfites in wine? Sulfites, or SO2, is a naturally occurring compound produced during fermentation. It has also been used as a preservative and widely used most food industries. For [...]

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Three Rising Stars

Three Rising Stars

You may or may not have heard of these three more obscure French varietals. Yet, they are the rising stars of the wine world and they’re becoming increasingly more produced and readily available in the US. Picpoul Literally meaning “lip-stinger” in French, this grape is a native of the Languedoc Roussillon region. The varietal produces [...]

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Phylloxera Free Chile

Phylloxera Free Chile

As of the late 1990′s, Chilean vineyards had never been victims of the lethal aphid phylloxera, which devastated most of the world’s vineyards in the mid- and late nineteenth century. Although Chile’s physical isolation, dry soil, and use of flood irrigation may have all helped to protect the country, phylloxera’s absence is not fully understood. [...]

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